Fumaria bastardii Boreau

Bastard's Fumitory

in Duch., Rev. Bot. 2: 359 (1847) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Weakly ascending to erect herb. Largest ultimate segments of leaves to 5 mm long and 2 mm wide, rarely more. Raceme mostly much longer than the peduncle; bracts one-third to three-quarters as long as pedicels; pedicels rather thick, straight, remaining suberect; sepals ovate, 2–3 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, dentate, peltately attached; corolla 9–12 mm long, pink, the inner petals dark purplish at the apex with a yellowish central stripe; upper petal concolorous or rarely purplish at apex; lower petal commonly recurved, more than 0.5 mm wide medially. Fruit rounded at apex, squarish near base, 2–2.3 mm long and wide, keeled toward base, tuberculate and somewhat wrinkled when dry, with prominent apical pits. Flowers mostly Aug.–Nov.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *LoM, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *RobP, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Naturalized all States except NT. Native to the Mediterranean region and western Europe. Common as a crop weed in irrigated areas, and on disturbed ground in damp, fairly fertile soils.

Flowers of shade forms are paler and may not exceed 7 mm in length, but the characteristic fruits enable identification.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Fumariaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-26
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Ranunculanae
order Ranunculales
family Papaveraceae
genus Fumaria
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Fumaria bastardii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Fumaria bastardii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present introduced
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present introduced
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Robinvale Plains present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
East Gippsland Uplands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory